You Can Drink Cider & Pet Alpacas At This Farm On The Okanagan

604 Now
By: Meagan Gill

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If you like drinking cider and interacting with alpacas – look no further. Start creating your vision board for 2019 with this unique experience of tasting a wide variety of ciders while petting alpacas that live on the property.

Soma Craft Cidery opened this past Summer and they’re already making a name for themselves in more ways than one.

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Alpaca farming has rewards

Greene County Record
By: Terry Beigie
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

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Alpacas are social creatures, especially when they get around Deborah LaMountain, owner at Alpacas of the Morning Mist in Ruckersville. All 18 alpaca—nine guys and nine gals—rushed to the barn to see LaMountain one hot fall day. The guys start to strut, butting heads and almost hissing at each other as LaMountain grabs some sweet feed.

“If this is going to happen, no one will get any,” she tells the guys as she brings Sampson to the other pen for a hug. “You have to separate them, or you’ll have nonsense otherwise.”

It’s not often you get to hug livestock, but Alpacas with their soft fur are often willing.

The LaMountains moved to the area from Long Island when they retired in 2006.

“I’m an animal lover. We always had animals growing up—fish, dogs, cats, ferrets—we always had something,” she said. “We visited farms in the area and I said ‘yeah, I’d like to do this’.”

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Esther & Co. offers sneak peek into store transformation

Newton Daily News
By: Christopher Braunschweig
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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Once the Jasper County Courthouse lighting ceremony and subsequent parade concluded Friday night in downtown Newton, a new retail space temporarily opened its doors to the public, allowing a sneak peek of its services and decor.

Crowds slowly worked their way through the glass doors of Esther & Co. to see what has become of the space previously occupied by the defunct Scoreboard Bar & Grill. Locals marveled at the rehabilitated space, a stark contrast to the previous business. Although there was still about a month’s worth of work to be done to the self-described “modern day mercantile,” visitors looked upon the yet-to-be-completed shop with awe.

In the southeast corner of Esther & Co., near the entrance of the shop, a woman named Grace Tully of Iowa City, sat a spinning wheel and spun an alpaca wool mixture from fluff to yarn. Beside her were other types of spinning wheels, including one reminiscent of the Disney film “Sleeping Beauty,” though she was quick to point out the movie’s inaccuracies of that particular model.

As a yarn maker, Frahm said Esther & Co. will eventually offer fiber classes and educational workshops, as well as other small agriculture-based arts-and-crafts. Seeing residents gather inside her business Friday night confirms her feelings that people are excited to see the shop’s transformation.

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This Alpaca Farm Has More Christmas Spirit Than the North Pole Here's How to Visit for the Holiday Photo Shoot of Your Dreams

Travel + Leisure
By: Amy Lombard
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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On a Saturday morning in a backyard on the Jersey Shore, nine alpacas run into a pen with the same merry spirit as Santa’s reindeer. They might not have antlers, but they have garnered the attention of many devotees who are lining up for the chance to take a photograph with them in their red and green Christmas ensembles.

This is not just any ordinary backyard — it's the property of Jim and Tish Carpinelli — also known as the Jersey Shore Alpaca Farm. Since the farm was founded in 2005, the Carpinellis have transformed their 30-acre backyard into one of New Jersey’s most unexpected agritourism destinations.

“One day i was looking through a magazine and I saw an ad for alpacas. I jokingly went to my husband and said that's what we ought to do — raise alpacas,” Tish said. Jim was on board.

Tish, who works full-time as a high school librarian, spent time researching alpacas and decided there were no negatives to starting such a venture. It certainly takes a specific type of person to only see the positive in turning their backyard into an alpaca farm and spending every Friday night cutting up carrots for visitors to feed them.

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